Mary Davis of Omaha, Nebraska, is a widow after 26 years of marriage to a domineering man. He so thoroughly erased her identity that she has no idea how to go on with life. Words on an antique shop plaque haunt her: "It's never too late to be what you might have been."

Mary returns to Paris, where she made the fateful choice between the American who became her husband and the Frenchman who might have been the love of her life. Will she be able to find Jean-Marc? Mary's steel-willed daughter Elizabeth pursues her, determined to bring her home. Instead, Elizabeth's assumptions about herself and her mother are challenged to the core.

From the first paragraph, Whitson's deft hand with characterization pulls emotions from the reader like a concert violinist draws notes from the strings. This one is a keeper for your "favorites" bookshelf. (Apr., 288 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson